Four chapters of the OHS Body of
Knowledge were launched on Wednesday 29th October 2014 to an appreciative
audience at RMIT University in Melbourne.
The OHS Body of Knowledge for
Generalist OHS Professionals was made possible by the strategic foresight
and commitment of the then WorkSafe Victoria, now Victorian WorkCover
Authority. Funded by Safe Work Australia, the new chapters take the OHS Body of
Knowledge into a new era by addressing Principles of OHS Law, User-centered
safe design approach to control, Organisational Culture and OHS
risk and decision making.
In launching the new chapters
Julia Collins, Acting Branch Manager, Review and Engagement, Safe Work
Australia highlighted the contribution the OHS Body of Knowledge to the
strategic outcome of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-22.
The Australian Strategy and the OHS Body of Knowledge share the vision of
healthy, safe and productive working lives, with the OHS Body of Knowledge
being a key factor in the strategic outcome that those who provide WHS
education, training and advice have the appropriate capabilities.
Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins
used examples of workplace failures to demonstrate the importance of knowledge
in underpinning effective OHS advice. Professor Hopkins presentation was
followed by a panel session comprised of chapter authors and OHS professionals
which introduced the key concepts in the chapters.
In closing, Pam Pryor, Registrar
of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board sent a clear message to all
OHS Professionals that the Victorian WorkCover Authority and now Safe Work
Australia have made major contributions to moving the profession forward it; is
now up to the OHS profession and individual OHS professionals to take up the
challenge set in the Australian Strategy that those providing OHS advice have
appropriate capabilities. This challenge was supported by the statement of
ongoing commitment to the OHS Body of Knowledge made by the CEO of the Safety
Institute of Australia, David Clarke.
The below attachments provide more
information on the new chapters which are now freely together with those
published as Edition 1 at www.ohsbok.org.au.
Videos of the launch presentations will be available on the OHSBoK website in the next few weeks.